“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.”

- The History Boys by Alan Bennett

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I especially like this quote because it doesn't just apply to reading, but to all types of art. I've put myself in the difficult position of competing with a British playwright, so whatever I write next will inevitably be a disappointment, but please bear with me...

Every night when I was a kid I fell asleep listening to stories on tape. Whether visiting an older piece of theatre (or music) or developing a new one - I strive to enter storytelling with the open pleasure I had when I had to reach out from my bed and turn the tape over to hear the ending. This feeling goes hand in hand, in hand, with my constant goals of integrity, humor, and generosity of spirit.

Outside of theatre and music, I enjoy taking different classes, learning about fairy tale origins, and smelling candles that I do not intend to buy.  I was born in Texas to two New Yorkers and raised in Maryland. You'll have to tell me if it shows.

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In this time of COVID I, like many, have struggled and rediscovered. I've also learned better, in a small way, about history. What a letter means, what a book means, what a small act of kindness means. This is when I am reading, some for the first time, women's classics (though that word should be retired) to feel more violently their isolation and connection.  I am thirsty for their ideas and for their hands coming out and taking mine. And the words are hard so it helps my brain keep braining.

I hope you are safe and supported. And that you can find a "best moment in reading" a la Alan Bennett many times during 2020 and 2021.

- Judith

(she/her, they/them)